Boomkat Product Review:
Prevailing new age ambient currents bring X.Y.R. to Good Morning Tapes for a subtropical bliss-out in the glistening mode of his turns for 12th Isle, Quiet Time Tapes and others over the past decade
Under a moniker that translates to Temple of Solitary Reflection, Vladimir Karpov’s X.Y.R. pursues a “sensitive state of hypnosis” thru the soft timbres coaxed from his “formant” synth and field recordings made in Kerala, India. His lushly realised scapes call home to the pioneers of the past decade’s new age revival and now its leading lights, Good Morning Tapes with a particularly spirited, five-part / 40 minute trip drifting from floatation tank ambient to humid, soundtrack-y feels suffused with new age ambient’s typical, mystic subcontinental fascinations.
From the slow cosmic pads and bucolic settings of ‘palaruvi healing falls’ thru the lilting tablas and canopy of colourfully plumed avians in ’thirumalai kovil steps’, to its levitating ‘dervish dance’, between the spiralling plumes of ‘black sky chant’, and the plangent nocturnal motifs and distant dreams of ‘secret path to north cliff’ it’s a tape designed to lower yr heart rate, a concept we can properly fuck with atm.